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This Monday, March 30, 2015 photo shows a Hisense Chrome laptop in San Francisco. Google and Microsoft are releasing cheaper laptops and tablets in an effort to reach students, budget-conscious families and overseas markets. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Google releases $149 computer

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft’s Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011. The newest versions are made by Hisense and Haier. Hisense’s Chromebook can be ordered …

Anti-gun billboard in Boston coming down, to be replaced by dozens elsewhere

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A giant anti-gun billboard that’s stood along the Massachusetts Turnpike for 20 years is coming down, but its message is being spread to three dozen new locations. New highway signs being installed across the state this week will read, “We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives,” and feature an assault …

Gas prices go down a bit more in New Hampshire

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, to average of $2.30. Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in the state, said that’s 3 cents less than the national average, which went down slightly to $2.43 a gallon. Gas prices in New Hampshire are nearly $1.20 per gallon lower than they were a year ago, and …

Business people for March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dr. Joshua White recently joined Concord Hospital Medical Group’s Infectious Disease and International Travel Clinic practice. He specializes in the management of HIV, Hepatitis C and c. difficile colitis. Donna Alley of Concord was recently hired by North …

Business notes for March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Capital Region Food Program recently distributed 2.6 tons of food to 16 area social service agencies, food programs and church groups. Lincoln Financial Foundation distributed $88,000 in grants to area arts groups, including $14,000 to the Concord Community Music School, $20,000 to the Capitol Center for the …

Falling property value of Steeplegate Mall affects everyone in Concord

Monday, March 30, 2015

In February of last year, Steeplegate Mall was Concord’s second-largest taxpayer at an assessed value of $52 million. Now, the city’s assessing database values the Loudon Road mall at just $30 million. The property has slipped to the …

Bill easing contracts for small firms advances

Monday, March 30, 2015

The House Small Business Committee last week approved a comprehensive package of measures aimed at funneling more government work to small businesses. The effort comes after federal agencies last year met their annual goal of delivering 23 percent of contracting funds to small businesses, the first time since …

Technology is making us tip more than ever

Monday, March 30, 2015

By now, you’ve probably experienced it: After grabbing a cup of espresso, buying some ice cream or taking a cab, you swipe your credit card and prepare to sign – but you’re thrown a curve ball. The payment …

RadioShack dissident creditor preparing new bid for assets

Monday, March 30, 2015

A creditor fighting RadioShack Corp.’s plan to sell more than 1,700 stores to its largest shareholder is preparing a new bid for the electronics retailer’s assets. Anthony Clark, a lawyer for lender Salus Capital Partners, told a bankruptcy judge Friday in Delaware that his client was preparing a …

Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels …

Some TurboTax customers had refunds stolen after they filed

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Michelle Quinn filed her tax return in January and got the good news that she was due a refund of about $8,000. But days after the refund was supposed to arrive, the 33-year-old mother of three still didn’t see the cash in her bank account. When Quinn logged …

Don’t lose the boots: New England steels for epic mud season

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New England’s own Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, “Life is made up of marble and mud.” In the region’s northern reaches, life will soon be made up of mud, mud and more mud. Mud season is a rite of …

Americans cling to claims for seized property

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through faded photos that fill boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on a Cuban beach. Men in suits and women in evening …